Birth control, even today, inhabits the center of the storm on some issues. In the ongoing microcephaly epidemic that may be linked to Zika virus epidemic, call for better access to reproductive health services such as birth control are under heavy debate. And a recent guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on using birth control as part of a strategy to reduce a woman’s risk for fetal-alcohol syndrome sparked angry media responses. Controversy is not new to reproductive health providers, but buried in this particular set of controversies is an important message: contraceptives can help reduce the risk for birth defects.
Non-use of contraception is associated with about 900,000 unintended births in the United States each year. Why do women choose not to use a contraceptive? Surprisingly, the potential for side effects, a key focus in many providers’ educational messages, was a concern for only 10% of women enrolled in the National Survey of Family Growth. More women mistakenly thought they couldn’t get pregnant or that they wouldn’t be having sex. And 1 in 5 women “didn’t really mind getting pregnant.” That’s called ambivalence, and it turns out our understanding of what exactly ambivalence means is ambiguous.
They are common complaints as women go through menopause: “I’m depressed, anxious;” “I can’t remember a thing…how will I function at work?” While women’s hope that hormone therapy can help is high, the evidence is mixed. And just what if hormone therapy does help…do we really know about its safety in women at the younger end of the menopause spectrum?
The “Contraceptive Technology” conferences will help you synthesize the data and translate the evidence into clinical “pearls” you can put directly into practice. With an array of Preconferences delving into selected specialty areas of interest, plenary sessions focusing on the “hottest” topics, a thought-provoking luncheon presentation, and 30 dynamic, interactive Concurrent Sessions, including hands-on workshops…this conference is certain to improve your clinical practice and expand your network of colleagues. Read more